development

Today In History Plugin Renamed

I’ve had to rename the Today In History plugin to This Day In History.  This is because even though the name-space isn’t being used in the WordPress plugin repository it has already been taken by someone else who never actually uploaded anything.  I’ve checked with the WordPress people and they confirm it is taken, not being used and not available to me.  They are going to look into the name-space issue generally but aren’t committed to sorting anything out specifically.  Yet another on-line collaborative community where dead names-paces is a well-known and yet unresolved  issue.  Nobody wants to grapple with name recycling it seems.  You think at least projects over six month old with no upload might be released.

I can apparently use another name in the repository but keep the plugin name.  That doesn’t make sense to me so I’ve changed the plugin name to something that is available and now granted to me.  Once I’ve updated all the code I’ll be uploading the plugin under the new name – so check it out – This Day in History.   Not the most original world beating killer application of 2012 I expect, but useful nevertheless.  Well it is for me anyway – and I hope for you too.

Random One Cat Widget Improvements

I’ve made a small change to Random One Cat Widget which improves the functionality of titles.  You can now choose to display only the widget title, only the post title, both of the titles together or neither title.   A new drop down has replaced the checkbox in the widget configuration and you should revisit each one to choose the option you prefer.  This adds flexibility to the widget without bringing much additional complexity.  I hope that you like this feature – please take a moment to leave some feedback either way.

101 Lists and How to Manage Them

Right.  After a great deal of trawling about it seems that there is no publicly available WordPress plugin to help manage a 101 things list.   That’s not good enough.  A gap that I am going to fill.  It shouldn’t be that hard.  A nice new admin screen to enter and manage the list, together with a status for each task and maybe categories.  A couple of widgets (in progress, latest tasks completed, grid of completion, stats, countdown etc) and a nice list tag to display the list in style (or a task or a category of tasks).

That will give everyone more time for doing list things themselves.  That’s my strategic tip for getting your 101 done.  Spend less time on list management and more time on list completion.  Decide -> List -> Do -> Tick.  It’s not new or clever, but it is a strategy.  You might want to think smarter and visit 101 Strategy for something more in-depth.

The best 101 things site I’ve seen so far is at Scarlet Words, although I personnaly prefer a less complex 101 list itself but I nevertheless intend to steal some of Elizabeths ideas.  Hopefully she wont mind – her list seems devoid of tasks that my stealing of her ideas might help complete – but I hope I don’t ruin 025 if she reads this  (if you ever get around to 081 I’ll might help) .   BTW I like the idea of secret tasks – too late for my current list I guess, but it would have made for a more interesting list for me (if not for readers of the list).